A dispute over a Minnie Mouse coat at a Northland daycare Tuesday afternoon landed a 22-year-old woman in jail facing a felony charge of assault of a police officer.
Kelsi J. Hoem of Kansas City allegedly pinched and bit the officer and tried to stab her with a set of keys before swinging a fire extinguisher at her during an eight-minute fight. The officer sustained bruising to her thigh and red marks and visible bite marks on her arms in the 4:10 p.m. attack at the Sweet Beginnings Early Learning Center at 9333 North Oak Trafficway.
Clay County prosecutors charged Hoem with a single count of assault for the alleged hit with the fire extinguisher.
Hoem had not been paying her daycare fees, police said, so her children stopped attending the center about two weeks ago. She showed up unexpectedly Tuesday with her children, ages 2 and 4, and grabbed the black coat. An employee told her the coat belonged to another family and tried to retrieve it. Hoem allegedly handed off her 2-year-old daughter, whom she had been holding, then pushed the employee and kicked her in the leg. Hoem ran out to her vehicle, leaving her children in the daycare, and locked the coat in her vehicle, according to court records.
When the woman returned, the employee would not let her in. Just then, an off-duty police officer arrived at the daycare on personal business.
The employee pointed to the officer and told Hoem the officer’s occupation.
“I don’t give a (expletive!)” Hoem said, according to police reports.
When the officer told Hoem to leave, Hoem allegedly pushed the officer. The pair tumbled to the ground in a struggle. Hoem allegedly pinched the officer’s thigh and tried to stab the officer’s arm with keys. She allegedly bit the officer’s arm, grabbed a fire extinguisher off the wall and swung it at the officer. The officer blocked the blow with her arm.
The officer eventually pinned Hoem between her legs until other officers arrived.
“Get her away from me!” the officer said, according to police reports.
Police noted Hoem was sweating profusely and screaming about her phone and the coat. Hoem’s mother arrived, showed proof that she owned the vehicle her daughter had been driving and gave the Minnie Mouse coat to police, who put it in their property room as evidence.
Officers drove Hoem to jail, where she spent the night. Her bond Wednesday had not been set.
While behind bars, Hoem wrote a letter of apology expressing remorse for the incident, including the attack against the officer. She later recanted her apology to the officer by crossing that portion out of her written apology, according to court records.
The officer who was attacked declined medical treatment.